Archive for 2012

Being Hyper Local vs. Chasing Big Market

One thing I’ve once again recognized from yesterday’s event was strength of being hyper local. Amongst 9 startups that pitched on stage, Hong Kong-based ButterBoom caught my eyes. They said it started as a fashion blog site covering celebrity photos, luxury shops and related stories in the region. The service offered by the startup can be particularly useful to those who are traveling and shopping in Hong Kong. At the Read More...

A Word About Government Grants

I’m writing this post while rehearsing my pitch for Myojo Waraku, Japanese SXSW taking place Sep 8 & 9 in Fukuoka. I’ll be on stage demoing latest product there. A couple of months ago I asked one of my prospective investors/advisors who live outside Japan whether it’s good or not for early stage startup to participate pitch contest. His answer was basically yes as long as it helps startup gain visibility and attract Read More...

Creating Momentum

One common mistake I see amongst first-time entrepreneurs is being trapped with feeling of “not ready” for too long. This is the state of mindset where you feel like your product isn’t good enough to attract your audience or think you only have one-time shot for major media coverage or press release. My advice: Forget all that. Just ship your product and start talking to your customers ASAP. Successful entrepreneur is good at creating Read More...

New Coworkify, New Vision

We released new web app as public beta yesterday. This is the result of our effort listening to feedback from our own users for months. In this web app you’ll that notice lots of features used to be there are no longer available. Part of this change is due to our re-focus to a bigger issue that businesses and governments are facing with excess of unused workspaces they own. Coworkify is Read More...

Failure: The F-Word Silicon Valley Loves And Hates

This is my response to this article posted on NPR. Here is my favorite quote from Janice Fraser, founder and CEO of LUXr, a product design firm for startups. The worst moment is when you have to tell your staff. You have these people who, beyond reason, have put their trust in you. And you have to look them in the eye and say, ‘I’m sorry, this isn’t going to work.’ It’s Read More...

How to Launch Your Product While Working at Company

So we’ve just shipped our first Android app followed by iPhone app. I’m using a word “we” here because it’s work done by a team. However, truth is I wrote every piece of code by myself alone including UI and graphics. How did I do that while having full-time job? How did I manage to launch MVP (Minimum Viable Product) in short period of time? Well, here are few tips. Read More...

Importance of Social Capital

Hugh Mason, co-founder of Singapore based startup accelerator JFDI.Asia, recently posted a wrap-up article of the accelerator’s 100 days bootcamp program. In the article he concluded his experience going through the first batch as the following, which I particularly wanted to quote. Meng and I talk often about building the social capital - relationships, shared insights and know-how – that will create a vibrant, sustainable start-up ecosystem here in Asia. That’s our ambition. We will have Read More...

DEMO Asia 2012 Afterthought

It’s been almost two weeks since I flew to Singapore. It was nothing but stunning experience to me as a first time visitor to the country. After talking to many people who are local VCs, media folks, aspiring entrepreneurs, and startup lovers, I have gained quite amount of knowledge about startup scene in Singapore as well as SE Asia in general. Here is my quick summery. 1) Singapore is definitely Read More...

Difference Between Co-founder and Founding Member

This is my definition. Co-founder is someone who can understand your vision and give well-thought-out opinions that sometimes conflict with yours but help the startup differentiate itself from others in many ways. On the other hand, a founding member is much more like operator who only believes in a vision thrown by the founder(s) and executes the tasks that are only relevant to his/her professional field. The first thing you Read More...

How to Practice Your Pitch

TechStars published few days ago a great post about practicing your pitch to the prospective investors. Here is a quick summary of what I learnt from Next Big Sound’s pitch. Show that you have industry experience. Co-founder & CEO Alex White worked at Universal Records, the world’s biggest music company. Show that you experienced the same problem. Alex showed his frustration by putting hands on his head. A bit humor. “# of Read More...